The new governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Odunayo Akeredolu yesterday promised the people of the state that their welfare would be accorded priority by his administration even as he rebuilds the state. He gave assurance to build a new state where honesty, prosperity and confidence will once be celebrated.
Mr. Rotimi Odunayo Akeredolui was sworn in with his deputy, Hon. Alfred Agboola Ajayi, who was a former member of the House of Representatives representing Ilaje/Ese Odo Federal constituency in the state.
In his Inaugural Speech, titled “Journey Redemption”, Akeredolu said;
“We are determined to make the difference with the specific mandate of redemption liberally handed over to us. All of us will be involved in the reconstruction project of the state. The collective interest of the state must be our paramount focus.
Consequently, we stand before you to pledge, with the guidance of God and our resolve not to renege on our promise, that your welfare shall form the basis of all our activities. We intend to help rebuild our economy, resuscitate damaged infrastructure, restore hope and return our state to a prosperous land.
We will break down the barriers to honest leadership, to comprehensive development, to physical growth and social security. These we intend to do through the promotion of transparent leadership, rule of law, extensive consultation, quality and accessible public utilities and social security- all in a sustainable manner.
Akeredolu promised to sustain and improve on the programme currently operating in the state.
The former Lagos State Governor and a national leader of the party- Bola Tinubu and the former chairman of the party Chief Bisi Akande were present at the swearing in ceremony.
Others present include the national chairman of the party, John Oyegun, Senate President Olusola Saraki, deputy Speaker House of Representative Lasun Yussuf, senator Bode Olajumoke, governor of Ekiti Ayo Fayose, Oyo State Abiola Ajimobi, Ogun state Ibikunle Amosun, Edo state Godwin Obaseki and Sokoto state Aminu Tambuwal.
Others include senator Isaka Adeleke, Kogi State governor Yaya Bello, information minister Lai Mohammed, former governor of old Ondo state Chief Bamidele Olumilua, wife of late former Ondo state governor Olusegun Agagu Olufunke, labour minister Dr. Chris Ngige, Senator Joshua Dariye, former Osun state governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, minister of solid minerals Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, Senator Olusola Adeyeye, former Ogun state governor Segun Osoba and former deputy governor Segun Adesegun.
Traditional Rulers present include Olowo of Owo Oba Olateru Olagbegi, Olugbo of Ugbo Fredrick Akinruntan, Osemawe of Ondo Oba Adesunmbo Kiladejo and the Deji of Akure land Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi.